An Evaluation Framework of a Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Equity Research

Roni Ellington, Clara B. Barajas, Amy Drahota, Cristian Meghea, Heatherlun Uphold, Jamil B. Scott, E. Yvonne Lewis, C. Debra Furr-Holden

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Over the last few decades, there has been an increase in the number of large federally funded transdisciplinary programs and initiatives. Scholars have identified a need to develop frameworks, methodologies, and tools to evaluate the effectiveness of these large collaborative initiatives, providing precise ways to understand and assess the operations, community and academic partner collaboration, scientific and community research dissemination, and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, there has been limited research on methodologies and frameworks that can be used to evaluate large initiatives. This study presents a framework for evaluating the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions (FCHES), a National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)-funded Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for health disparities research. This report presents a summary of the FCHES evaluation framework and evaluation questions as well as findings from the Year-2 evaluation of the Center and lessons learned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • center evaluation framework
  • community-based participatory research evaluation
  • health equity
  • transdisciplinary collaborative center

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management


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